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FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities declared a war on

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Apr. 1, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus. Solovei told radio station Echo Moskvy at least 1,600 people might have died since...

Judge rules against conservative think tank in Evers lawsuit

Mar. 31, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed the lawsuit in August alleging...

Rights, press groups condemn killing of Mexican journalist

Mar. 31, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights and press freedom groups on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Mexican journalist, at least the 12th such killing since the current president took office in December 2018. The U.N. human rights commissioner's office said journalist Maria Elena Ferral had publicly denounced...

Missouri Supreme Court strikes down anti-picketing law

Mar. 31, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers from picketing is unconstitutional. Supreme Court judges unanimously sided with a lower court judge's decision to strike down that provision from law. Public-sector workers are already...

Idaho to hold May primary by mail only due to coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday that the state primary will be held on May 19 as planned, but it will be conducted by mail with no in-person voting due to the coronavirus. The Republican governor is urging all Idahoans eligible to vote to...

Judge upholds blocking Arkansas from restricting panhandlers

Mar. 27, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that panhandlers in Arkansas are allowed to ask for money without being arrested, upending the state's 2017 anti-loitering law that opponents say unfairly targeted panhandlers. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson on Thursday made permanent an order he...

Official loses defamation suit against political operative

Mar. 26, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida official who said she was defamed by a campaign flyer from a political operative has lost her lawsuit. Shanon Materio, the former West Palm Beach commissioner, lost an October 2018 lawsuit filed against political consultant, Rick Asnani, and two affiliated...

Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics

Mar. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers' request for all of the court's active judges to conduct a rare hearing to...

Winners announced in 2019 OAPME newspaper contest

Mar. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Cleveland and Massillon were named the best in the state in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2019 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The Canton Repository, Sandusky Register, Cleveland...

The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new limit imposed by the Trump administration on visas for Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At least 13 US journalists facing expulsion from China

Mar. 18, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new visa limit imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. The Chinese government announced Wednesday that Americans working at three major U.S. newspapers would...